Tune in for an introduction to the 50 species of native mussels in Wisconsin. Lisie will discuss their ecology, historical uses, and cultural contributions, as well as their diversity, fascinating life history, and significance to water quality. Plus she’ll explain how mussels were key to bringing international recognition to some important Wisconsin wetlands! Last but not least, learn the difference between a mussel and a clam!
Lisie Kitchel, WDNR
Recorded May 14, 2021.
Lisie Kitchel is a Conservation Biologist in the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation of the Wisconsin DNR. She is trained as an Aquatic Ecologist and works on anything aquatic, but most of her work focuses on our native mussels.
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